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Jack Remembers: Ace mechanic didn’t always finish what he started

By Jack Hackley Forest Smith was one of those guys who could do anything, and do it well. I ran a three-bay Sinclair station with a restaurant that served 3.2-percent…

Ray County lake, respite from rain provide peaceful setting for guard

Jo’s Jottings: Trip to Branson boasts first-hand countryside tour from a tram

By Jo Ellen Dale Wanda Downs writes that recently she and husband Jimmy returned from a week in Branson and Arkansas. They visited Silver Dollar City during the celebration of…

Pets could make your house a home

The Humane Society of Ray County has a selection of adoptable cats and dogs at its shelter. Regular adoption days are each Saturday and Sunday from 1-3 p.m. at 200…

Civil War re-enactors tell the truth, the whole truth or something like the truth

By Linda Emley All of my stories start with a question, and then I go looking for an answer. Sometimes it takes a few minutes and sometimes it takes a…

Two area men attend Memorial Day service at Confederate Home

Facial hair all that separates us from shaving

By Jason Offutt I have a beard. It’s not a particularly good beard, but according to an Australian study, it’s probably helped me save the world from impending doom at…

Richmond, Lawson entries face off in Miss Ray Pageant

The Miss Ray County Scholarship Pageant is set for Saturday at 7 p.m. at the historic Farris Theatre. Pageant director Lisa Reed said six contestants are vying for the title…

Memorial service a historic journey

Civil War program allows memories, emotions to surface By Linda Emley I’m not an expert on the Civil War, but I’ve spent the last 18 months planning the Battle of…

Fast to fix foods

I like meals that are fast and easy to prepare. Using the microwave and stove you can have dinner on the table in under an hour. Put some meat to…